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Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

homer_s Statistics (891 comments)

I think 98 percent of economists would say that we need higher gas taxes Knittel says.

93% of all statistics are made up. 99% of economists know that.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Amazon Can't Manufacture a Kindle In the US

homer_s Outsourcing (598 comments)

Much more destructive than the recent outsourcing to China and India has been the much bigger outsourcing to a place called Technologyville.

Outsourcing to Technologoville has been going on for close to 300 years now and has destroyed countless jobs, not to other poor people, but to machines. Clearly, CEOs, accountants and other must see the job-destroying evilness that is technology and stop all "outsourcing" to Technologyville immediately.

Value addition, cheaper goods accessible to more people and an increase in living standards are no reasons to continue this brain dead policy.

more than 2 years ago
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Debt Deal Reached

homer_s Re:Could Someone Help Me Out With This? (844 comments)

"So if you're trying to balance a budget"

Who is the "you" in that sentence? The system of government in most countries rewards a politician for giving free stuff and penalizes him for taking away things given to people.

So, the issue here is not basic math, but basic economics - give it a try sometimes.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Social Security Statement In Limbo

homer_s Re:Dire Omen? (160 comments)

By that logic I have a trillion dollars - I have IOUs from myself worth that much. I also have a trillion Zimbabwe dollars on my desk.

The IOUs have to be from some other credible counter-party to be taken seriously.

about 3 years ago
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IBM Watson To Replace Salespeople and Cold-Callers

homer_s Re:Jobs killer (316 comments)

Nah, it was electricity that killed jobs. And not to mention, the wheel.

about 3 years ago
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Groupon Could Challenge Google's Record IPO

homer_s Re:This is what we value in this country (245 comments)

From an article at the BBC:

“The value of a dollar’s worth of cloth is exactly the same as a dollar’s worth of web design. One dollar.”

Or in this case: “The value of a dollar’s worth of coupon marketing is exactly the same as a dollar’s worth of widget manufacturing. One dollar.”

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Live Enforcement — No Swastika Logo

homer_s Re:Hmmm, don't really like the guys tone (473 comments)

We use swastikas in our hindu temples, in our homes, for good luck, in toys, etc - guess nobody told us they weren't "cool"

more than 3 years ago
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China Defends Its IP Practices, Says 'We Paid Up'

homer_s Re:If you "own" intellectual property (214 comments)

"joe six pack wants more cheap plastic crap at walmart"

We all want cheap things (or rather, things made more affordable) - that is how wealth is created.
Insisting that all things be produced by 'ourselves' (whether as a family, city, county, state or nation) make us poorer - think of all the things you are using now and think about how hard it would be for all of it to be made by yourself. Or your family. Or with just people in your town. Or with just people in your state.

Division of labour is what creates wealth.The borders of a city or state or country do not change this fundamental fact.

more than 3 years ago
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Proposed ADA Requirements May Affect Public Internet Use

homer_s Re:Some businesses will buck any change... (420 comments)

"What's likely to make people anxious about changes to the ADA is uncertainty over what those changes will involve."

Not to mention the possibility of large fines when my (commercial) websites aren't compliant with some obscure requirement in the new guidelines. And the cost involved in me dropping the 10 other things I'm doing to read the guidelines, check all my websites, make sure they're compliant or if they're not, spend time and money to fix them.

So, no, my anxiety is not just about "uncertainty over what those changes will involve".
(And people wonder why small businesses are not hiring!!)

more than 3 years ago
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How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

homer_s Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (1193 comments)

Do I still feel like they're shafting me? Yes.

Who's "they"? And, assuming you're referring to google, how are they shafting you?
It's not your money.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

homer_s Re:This is America (2058 comments)

Randian utopia of rugged individualists who have given up on treating each other as human beings.

First of all, this was a local government agency, not a private company.
Secondly, have you seen the size of the Federal Register? To claim that this country is a "Randian utopia", when the size of government has grown so much is ridiculous.
Thirdly, are you so naive as to think that one individual can change the culture of 300 million people? In 2 years?

more than 3 years ago
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ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

homer_s Re:Why? (482 comments)

Seriously, why? If people want to invest in gold, they're generally going to buy it in larger lots than this.

They could. Most people would. But, the companies rolling out these ATMs are betting that *some* people will use these. They've been around for a couple of years now. And, since they're investing millions in this venture, I'm assuming they would have done some market research.
I doubt the people commentating about the wisdom of this venture on slashdot would have done any market research.

more than 3 years ago
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ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

homer_s Re:Why? (482 comments)

to a fear based environment.

I've been buying gold since it was at $600/ounce. You could be correct that the rise in prices is due to fear.
My theory has always been that the debt levels of nations are unsustainable and will lead to default and later, inflation. So far, I've been proved right. That does not mean I will be correct in the future.

But, the difference between people who buy gold and the people who ridicule them is that the people buying gold are putting their money where their mouth is. The people ridiculing them could do the same by shorting the gold market. The ones I've met in person seem reluctant to do this.

more than 3 years ago
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Ballmer, Bezos Fund Effort To Undermine Bill Gates

homer_s Re:Next year you would not know. (866 comments)

Thus you will never know who is funding what campaign,

And what's the problem? Shouldn't you vote based on the facts and the arguments?

if corporations are people too, then isn't stock market really buying and selling people? So owning stock of a corporation makes you a slave owner?

Oh boy!

more than 3 years ago
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Stewart and Colbert Plan Competing D.C. Rallies

homer_s Re:brilliant (696 comments)

Uh, it was. Frightened, angry people. Were they polite about it? Yes, and good for them. But their politics is a politics of fear, whether it be fear of the Big Bad Government, fear of muslims, fear of gays, fear of latinos...

Can't you say the same thing about the left? Angry, frightened people - angry and frightened about corporations and rich people?

Whether left or right, the question is, is their anger and fear justified? I think the anger and fear that govt. has grown is correct. The anger and fear of gays and immigrants is baseless. The anger and fear that corporations will take over is silly.

more than 3 years ago
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Foxconn's Founder Opens Up About Making iPhones

homer_s Re:he's not a modern day Henry Ford (384 comments)

Ford wanted his workers to have a living wage, to be able to afford the products they made.

From http://cafehayek.com/2010/08/fording-the-gorge-between-fiction-and-fact.html:

Ford raised workers’ wages for two reasons, neither of which had anything to do with raising consumer demand for his automobiles. The first reason was to reduce worker turnover. In 1913, the year before the $5 wage was announced in January 1914, the average Ford employee quit after less than four months on the job. A workforce so unstable and inexperienced prevented Ford’s factories from achieving peak efficiency.

Second, because the $5 wage was conditioned upon Ford’s workers learning English, as well as their steering clear of alcohol and gambling – conditions monitored by Ford executives visiting workers’ homes! – the higher wage was an incentive for workers to be more reliable and productive while on the job.

In short, Ford was something of an early supply-sider. He understood (at least in 1914) that the key to economic growth is not in giving people stronger incentives to spend but, rather, in giving people stronger incentives to produce.

more than 3 years ago
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Leaders Aren't Being Made At Tech Firms

homer_s Re:MBA's (135 comments)

Or perhaps we ought

Who's "we"? There are millions of companies - find one that works the way you want it to. If you don't, start one.

more than 3 years ago
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Armed Man Takes Hostages At Discovery Channel HQ

homer_s A true bipartisan (1090 comments)

Well, at least you can't accuse him of being left or right wing:

people to accept 'Malthus-Darwin science,'
don't know what he meant by the 'Darwin' part, but the Malthus part will get him a job in any university

'ALL immigration pollution.'
and this qualifies him to run for governor in any southern state

more than 3 years ago
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India Now Wants Access To Google and Skype

homer_s Re:India = not all that democratic (366 comments)

You have to read about some actual CFOs and corporations and how they plan for the long term sometime - slashdot and reddit are not the places to learn about how corporations work.

To take 1 example, the airline industry plans at least 20 years ahead - fleet strength, maintenance costs, etc; not just the 'numbers for 3 quarters'.

It is funny how, on the one hand, Microsoft is accused of thinking of the long term to kill rivals even if they lose money in the short term, but at the same time, the meme is that 'corporations only care about the short term'.

more than 3 years ago
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HP CEO Resigns During Sexual Harassment Investigation

homer_s Re:Wasn't he the CEO during the pretexting scandal (233 comments)

but sadly I'm guessing this is par for the course at this level of "leadership" in most companies.

Or countries for that matter. The president gets blowjobs from an intern and he doesn't have to resign; the CEO did something similar and he has to resign. Looks like the corporation has higher standards than the govt.

more than 3 years ago

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